WORKS

POETRY

The Woman I Am. Montreal: Guernica, 1991.

Beginnings. Winnipeg: Peguis, 1988.

The Self-Completing Tree: Selected Poems. Victoria: Porcepic, 1986.

Feeling the Worlds: New Poems. Fredericton: Goose Lane, 1984.

The Phases of Love. Toronto: Coach House P, 1983.

The Raw Edges: Voices From Our Time. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 1981.

Right Hand Left Hand. Erin, ON: Porcepic, 1977.

Ice Age. Erin, ON: Porcepic, 1975.

Nine Poems of Farewell. Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1973.

Collected Poems: The Two Seasons. Toronto: Mcgraw-Hill Ryerson, 1972.

Disasters of the Sun. Burnaby, BC: Blackfish Press, 1971.

Plainsongs. Fredericton: Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1971.

Plainsongs Extended. Fredericton: Fiddlehead Poetry Books: 1971.

The Documentaries. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1968.

The Unquiet Bed. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1967.

Selected Poems, 1926-56. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1957.

New Poems. Toronto: Emblem Books, 1955.

Call My People Home. Toronto: Ryerson P, 1950.

Poems for People. Toronto: Ryerson, 1947.

Day and Night. Toronto: Ryerson, 1944.

Signpost. Toronto: Macmillan, 1932.

Green Pitcher. Toronto: Macmillan, 1928.

EDITED COLLECTIONS

Irvine, Dean, ed. Archive for Our Times: Previously Uncollected and Unpublished Poems of Dorothy Livesay. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1998.

OTHER WORKS

Beginnings: A Winnipeg Childhood. Toronto: New Press, 1976.

Journey with My Selves: A Memoir 1909-1963. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1991.

CRITICISM

Anderson, Doris, et. al. “Symposium on the New Decade: Nine Distinguished Canadians Share their Hopes and
Concerns for the Coming Decade.” Canadian Forum 68.784 (1990): 8-17.

Banting, Pamela. “The Archive as a Literary Genre: Some Theoretical Speculations (Dorothy Livesay Research
Tool Project).” Archivaria 23 (1986/87): 119-122.

Banting, Pamela. “Daddy’s Girl: Dorothy Livesay’s Correspondence with her Father.” Canadian Poetry 22
(1988): 10-21.

Banting, Pamela. “Dorothy Livesay’s Notations of Love and the Dance of the Female Poet in Relation to Language.” CVII 8 (1984): 14-18.

Banting, Pamela and Kristjana Gunnars. Interview with Dorothy Livesay. Prairie Fire 7.3 (1986): 8-13.

Barber, Marsha. “An Interview with Dorothy Livesay.” A Room of One’s Own 5:1-2 (1979): 13-34.

Boyle, Elizabeth. Rev. of A Public And Private Voice: Essays On The Life And Work Of Dorothy Livesay, ed.
Lindsay Dorney, Gerald Noonan, and Paul Tiessen. Resources for Feminist Research 16.2 (1987): 37-38.

Brandt, Di. “Revisiting Dorothy Livesay’s The Husband.” Calipano Review 2.32 (2000): 75-89.

Buri, Steve. Rev. of Dorothy Livesay, by Lee B. Thompson. Border Crossings 7.2 (1988): 35.

Butler, Tanya. “Dorothy Livesay’s Poetic Re/Vision: Reading Binaries, Lesbian Love, and Androgyny in The Self-Completing Tree.” Canadian Poetry Studies 50 (2002): 32-50.

Chen, John. “Women’s Autobiography as Couter-Discourse: The Cases of Dorothy Livesay and Yu Loujin.” Feminism/ Femininity in Chinese Literature. Eds. Peng-hsiang Chen and Whitney Crothers Dilley. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2002.

Clarke, Margaret. Rev. of Journey with my Selves: A Memoir, 1909-1963, by Dorothy Livesay. Prairie Fire 14.1
(1993): 138-142.

Coldwell, Joan. Rev. of Journey with my Selves: A Memoir, 1909-1963, by Dorothy Livesay. Canadian
Historical Review
73.4, (1992): 596-598.

Collin, W.E. “My New Found Land.” The White Savannahs. Toronto: Macmillan, 1936. 147-173.

Crawley, Alan. “Dorothy Livesay.” Leading Canadian Poets. Ed. P. Percival. Toronto: Ryerson, 1948. 117-124.

Dorney, Lindsay, Gerald Noonan, and Paul Tiessen, eds. A Public And Private Voice: Essays On The Life And
Work Of Dorothy Livesay
. Waterloo, ON: University of Waterloo Press, 1986.

Echlin, Kim. Rev. of Journey with my Selves: A Memoir, 1909-1963, by Dorothy Livesay. Quill & Quire 57.4
(1991): 33.

Gibbs, Jean. “Dorothy Livesay and the Transcendentalist Tradition.” Humanities Association Bulletin 21
(1970): 24-39.

Gingell, Susan. “Claiming Positive Semantic Space for Women: The Poetry of Dorothy Livesay.” Essays on Canadian Writing 74 (2001): 1-25.

Gunnars, Kristjana. Rev. of Journey with my Selves: A Memoir, 1909-1963, by Dorothy Livesay. Books In
Canada
20.6 (1991): 40.

Hall, Phil. Rev. of The Self-Completing Tree: Selected Poems, by Dorothy Livesay. Canadian Forum 67.771
(1987): 37-39.

Hart, Jonathan. Rev. of A Public And Private Voice: Essays On The Life And Work Of Dorothy Livesay, ed.
Lindsay Dorney, Gerald Noonan, and Paul Tiessen. Journal of Canadian Studies 23.4 (1988): 145-158.

Hatch, Ronald B. Rev. of The Self-Completing Tree: Selected Poems, by Dorothy Livesay. University of Toronto
Quarterly
57.1 (1987): 38-39.

Henderson, Jennifer. Rev. of Journey With My Selves: A Memoir, 1909-1963, by Dorothy Livesay. Canadian
Woman Studies
12.2 (1992): 117-118.

Hutchison, Sandra. Rev. of Journey with my Selves: A Memoir, 1909-1963, by Dorothy Livesay. Canadian
Literature
135 (1992): 126-127.

McGrath, Leslie. Rev. of Beginnings, by Dorothy Livesay. Canadian Materials 17.5 (1989): 239.

Hutchison, Sandra. Rev. of The Self-Completing Tree: Selected Poems, by Dorothy Livesay. Canadian
Literature
116 (1988): 205-209.

Hutchison, Sandra. Rev. of A Public And Private Voice: Essays On The Life And Work Of Dorothy Livesay,
ed. Lindsay Dorney, Gerald Noonan, and Paul Tiessen. Canadian Literature 116 (1988): 205-209.

Irvine, Dean. “Among Masses: Dorothy Livesay and English Canadian Leftist Magazine Culture of the Early 1930s.” Essays on Canadian Writing 68 (1999): 183-212.

Irvine, Lorna. Rev. of Dorothy Livesay, by Lee Thompson B. American Review of Canadian Studies 17.4
(1987/88): 452-453.

Kelly, Peggy. “Politics, Gender, and New Provinces: Dorothy Livesay and F.R. Scott.” Canadian Poetry 53 (2003): 54-70.

Kirk, Heather. “Anecdotes of Canadian Literary Life.” Cross Canada Writers Quarterly 10.1 (1988): 3.

Kudchedkar, Shirin. “Dorothy Livesay: A Resource.” Ambivalence: Studies in Canadian Literature. Eds. Om P. Juneja and Chandra Mohan. New Delhi: Allied Publishers, 1990. 194-204.

Latham, David. Rev. of The Self-Completing Tree: Selected Poems, by Dorothy Livesay. Books in Canada 16.3
(1987): 27, 28.

Leahy, Dorothy. Rev. of Feeling The Worlds: New Poems, by Dorothy Livesay. Queens Quarterly 93.2 (1986):
412-414.

Leland, D. “Dorothy Livesay: Poet of Nature.” Dalhousie Review 51 (1971): 404-412.

Marshall, Joyce. “Dorothy Livesay: A Bluestocking Remembers.” Branching Out 7 (1989): 19.

Marshall, Tom. Rev. of The Self-Completing Tree: Selected Poems, by Dorothy Livesay. Journal of Canadian
Poetry
3 (1988): 85-87.

McDonald, Larry. “The Politics of Influence: Birney, Scott, Livesay and the Influence Of Politics.” Dalhousie
Review
67.4 (1987/ 1988): 425-435.

McInnis, Nadine. Dorothy Livesay’s Poetics of Desire. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 1994.

McInnis, Nadine. “Small Miracles: Memories of Dorothy Livesay, Past and Present.” ARC 27 (1991): 20-25.

Meyer, Bruce, and Brian O’Riordan. “Unabashed Romantic.” In Their Words: Interviews with Fourteen Canadian Writers. Toronto: Anansi, 1984. 72-84.

Mitchell, Beverly. “‘How Silence Sings’ in the Poetry of Dorothy Livesay.” Dalhousie Review 54 (1974/75):
510-28.

Mitchell, Beverley. Rev. of The Self-Completing Tree: Selected Poems, by Dorothy Livesay. Essays on
Canadian Writing
37 (1989): 73-77.

Munton, Ann. Rev. of The Self-Completing Tree: Selected Poems, by Dorothy Livesay. Event 16.2 (1987):
133-137.

Murray, Heather. Rev. of A Public And Private Voice: Essays On The Life And Work Of Dorothy Livesay, ed.
Lindsay Dorney, Gerald Noonan, and Paul Tiessen. Canadian Woman Studies 8.3 (1987): 102.

“My Aim Was to Merge the Political and the Lyrical. I’m an Unabashed Romantic.” Quill & Quire 49.3 (1983): 4+.

Osachoff, Margaret G. Rev. of A Public And Private Voice: Essays On The Life And Work Of Dorothy Livesay, ed. Lindsay Dorney, Gerald Noonan, and Paul Tiessen. University of Windsor Review 20.2 (1987): 94-97.

Pacey, Desmond. Introduction to Selected Poems. Toronto: Ryerson, 1957. xi-xix.

Pacey, Desmond. Rev. of The Unquiet Bed, by Dorothy Livesay. Canadian Forum 48 (1968): 21-22.

Panofsky, Ruth. Rev. of Archive For Our Times: The Previously Uncollected & Unpublished Poems of Dorothy Livesay, ed. Dean Irvine. Quill & Quire 64.11 (1998): 36.

Pratt, E.J. “Dorothy Livesay.” Gants du Ciel 11 (1946): 61-65.

Rauwerda, Antje M. “Upsetting an Already Unquiet Bed: Contextualizing Dorothy Livesay’s ‘Zambia’.” Canadian
Poetry
43 (1998): 103-125.

Relke, Diana M. Rev. of Selected Poems: The Self-Completing Tree, by Dorothy Livesay. NeWest Review 13.8
(1988): 17.

Relke, Diana M. A. “The Task of Poetic Mediation: Revisiting Dorothy Livesay’s Early Poetry.” Greenwor(l)ds:
Ecocritical Readings of Canadian Women
s Poetry. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1999. 141-60.

Rev. of Beginnings, by Dorothy Livesay. NeWest Review 14.5 (1989): 55.

Rev. of Beginnings, by Dorothy Livesay. Western Report 4.17 (1989): 51.

Rev. of Dorothy Livesay’s Poetics of Desire, by Nadine McInnis. ARC 37 (1996): 64-66.

Rev. of Dorothy Livesays Poetics of Desire, by Nadine McInnis. Prairie Fire 17.2 (1996): 62-63.

Rev. of Dorothy Livesay’s Poetics of Desire, by Nadine McInnis. University of Toronto Quarterly 65.1 (1995/
1996): 241-242.

Ricketts, A. “Dorothy Livesay: An Annotated Bibliography.” Annotated Bibliography of Canada’s Major Authors 4. Eds. R. Lecker and J. David. Downsview, 1983. 129-203.

Rogers, Linda. “A Woman for All Seasons.” Books in Canada 2.1 (1973): 50.

Sanchez-Pardo, Esther. “Canonization or Exclusion?: Dorothy Livesay’s Wayward Modernism From the 1940s.” Atlantis 22.2 (2000): 167-186.

Scheier, Libby. Rev. of The Self-Completing Tree: Selected Poems, by Dorothy Livesay. Cross Canada Writers
Quarterly
9.3/4 (1987): 39-40.

Skelton, Robin. “Everything Lives.” Canadian Literature 35 (1968): 91-92.

Sparrow, Fiona. “The Self-Completing Tree: Livesay’s African Poetry.” Canadian Poetry 20 (1987).

Steinberg, M.W. “Dorothy Livesay: Poet of Affirmation.” British Columbia Library Quarterly 24 (1960): 9-13.

Stephan, Ruth. “A Canadian Poet.” Poetry (Chicago) 65 (1945): 220-222.

Stevens, Peter. Dorothy Livesay: A Writers Life. Toronto: ECW Press, 1992.

Stevens, Peter. “Dorothy Livesay: The Love Poetry.” Canadian Literature 47 (1971): 26-43.

Stevens, Peter. Dorothy Livesay: Patterns in a Poetic Life. Toronto: ECW Press, 1992.

Stevens, Peter. “Dorothy Livesay: Patterns in a Poetic Life.” American Review of Canadian Studies 23.3 (1993):
456-460.

Stevens, Peter. “Ideas and Icons.” Canadian Literature 40 (1969): 76-77.

Stevens, Peter. “Out of the Silence and Across the Distance.” Queen’s Quarterly 78 (1971): 579-591.

Thompson, Lee B. Dorothy Livesay. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1987.

Thompson, Lee B. Rev. of The Papers of Dorothy Livesay: A Research Tool. University of Manitoba. Canadian
Literature 116 (1988): 179-181.

University of Manitoba. Dept. of Archives and Special Collections. The Papers of Dorothy Livesay: A Research
Tool. Compiled by the Staff of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, University of Manitoba
Libraries. Winnipeg: Manitoba UP, 1986.

Van Wart, Alice. Rev. of Dorothy Livesay: Patterns in a Poetic Life, by Paul Stevens. Quill & Quire 59.1 (1993):
21.

Wallace, Bronwen. Rev. of Selected Poems: The Self-Completing Tree, by Dorothy Livesay. Poetry Canada
Review
9.2 (1988): 30.

Weaver, Robert. “The Poetry of Dorothy Livesay.” Contemporary Verse 26 (1948): 18-22.

Woodcock, George. “Sun, Wind, and Snow: The Poems of Dorothy Livesay.” Room of Ones Own 5.12 (1979):
46-62. Dorothy Livesay Issue.

York, Lorraine M. “‘A Thankful Music’: Dorothy Livesay’s Experiments with Feeling and Poetic Form.”
Canadian Poetry 12 (1983).

Zimmerman, Susan. “Livesay’s Houses.” Canadian Literature 61 (1974).

DISSERTATIONS

Kelly, Peggy. “A Materialist Feminist Analysis of Dorothy Livesay, Madge Macbeth, and the Canadian Literary Field, 1920-1950.” Dissertation. University of Alberta, 1999.

McLauchlan, Laura Jane. “Transformation Poetics: Refiguring the Female Subject in the Early Poetry and Life Writing of Dorothy Livesay and Miriam Waddington.” Dissertation. York University, 1997.

Relke, Diana M.A. “Canadian Women Poets and Poetic Identity: A Study of Marjorie Pickthall, Constance Lindsay Skinner, and the Early Work of Dorothy Livesay.” Dissertation. 1988.

AWARDS

1944: Governor General’s Award, Day and Night

1947: Governor General’s Award, Poems for People

1947: Lorne Pierce Medal

1977: Queen’s Canada Medal

1984: Person’s Case Award for the Status of Women

1987: made an Officer of the Order of Canada

BIOGRAPHY
Dorothy Livesay was born in 1909 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her mother, Florence Livesay, was also an accomplished poet. In 1919, Dorothy moved with her parents to Toronto, where she was educated first at Bryn Mawr, a private school, and then at the University of Toronto, after which she undertook graduate work the Sorbonne. A committed socialist, and a member of the Communist party during the 1930s, Livesay studied Social Work at the University of Toronto after returning from Europe, and moved from a concentration on lyric poetry (which had characterized her earliest collections) to the poetics of social engagement for which she is most renowned. Livesay taught Canadian Literature at the University of Victoria, and Creative Writing at the University of Alberta; she also taught for a time in Zambia. She won the Governor General's Award for both Day and Night (1944) and Poems for People (1947). She was also awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal for distinguished service to Canadian Literature in 1947. Livesay died in 1996.

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